A boy has been charged after an alleged armed disturbance in a town centre.

The 16-year-old was charged with possession of an offensive weapon after reports of youths, some said to be armed, behaving antisocially on Brentwood High Street last Thursday (April 11).

Essex Police subsequently enforced a dispersal order until 6am last Friday (April 12) to reduce the risk of violent behaviour and protect people nearby.

The boy has since been bailed until April 30.

Lisa Dumbrill, a Brentwood resident, said her son, 14, attended Pink in High Street on the day.

Lisa alleged Pink removed youths from its premises after the club hit capacity, resulting in trouble outside.

A spokesperson for Pink acknowledged that the event, an under 18's disco, was oversubscribed, but claimed they were told 40 tickets had been sold by the organiser only for at least 200 young people to turn up.

"The only thing that was a problem was [there were] too many people and we will be looking into the matter of why this happened," they said, adding that nobody underage drank.

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Essex Police confirmed that no-one had been injured following the incident.

The force had set up patrols in Brentwood town centre after the alleged disturbance and Inspector Terry Fisher has appealed for information.

"If you are in Brentwood and have any information about this incident, please speak to one of our officers.

"Our licencing team will also be working to establish what referrals need to be carried out in relation to these reports of anti-social behaviour," he added.

Despite the complaint from Ms Dumbrill, Pink said that it had done nothing wrong that night.

"Nothing bad happened - it was just a case of too many people," the Pink spokesperson added.

Anyone with information, CCTV or dashcam footage from the area at the time of the incident, is asked to get in touch with Essex Police, quoting incident number 1012 of Thursday 11 April.

Alternatively call police on 101, but in an emergency always call 999.